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Family Devotional - Jesus Calms the Storm (1st & 2nd Grade) by Deb and Brad Dunn

The key to this devotional is getting the kids to really remember a situation where they were afraid of or worried about something. When they can relate to being afraid, they will see how amazing Jesus was in this story. Start out with singing "Peter, James and John in the Sailboat" or another song you and your children enjoy. Then continue with the devotional:

1. Share a time or situation when you were really afraid or worried about something. The kids will follow the example that you set in your sharing.

2. Ask the children to share what they worry about, or what situations make them afraid. You may need to help them identify things that they have been worrying about (i.e. new circumstances, changes in teachers, schools, homes, new activities, coaches, etc.) but be patient and be sure to wait plenty long enough for them to figure out what they want to say and get up the courage to say it.

3. "Let's read about some people in the Bible who were also afraid, and what Jesus showed them." Read Matt. 8:23-27 with great emotion, just like you were there watching! Ask some of the following questions:
A. Were the disciples afraid? How do you know?
B. Would you have been afraid? (YES!)
C. Was Jesus afraid? How do you know?
D. What did he do?
E. What did the disciples learn from this miracle?
   a) Jesus was the Son of God! He controls the forces of nature.
   b) We do not need to be afraid when Jesus is with us. If Jesus
   can calm a fierce storm, then he can calm our hearts as well.

4. Ask "How can we remember that Jesus is with us when we are afraid?
A. Pray - before situations when we know we usually get fearful. Help the kids apply this lesson to the things they mentioned in point 2. Let them know it is totally normal to be afraid, and that you still have to pray to overcome the fears in your own life. Share how you prayed and overcame your fears in the situation in point 1.
B. Pray with them daily about current fears in their life. Follow up on it often.
C. Help them to face their fears, and give them tons of encouragement when they make a great effort in any area that is hard for them.
D. Remind them often that it is God who helps us to overcome our fears. Give God the glory!

5. End with a prayer to overcome specific fears because Jesus is with us. Perhaps sing "He's got the whole world in his hands" or any other song of this nature.





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